July 14, 2015

Natural Bug Spray

It’s summertime and especially warm on the coast, which means the bugs are out. Bugs love me, which they should- I’m always capturing them indoors and gently releasing them back outdoors. Unfortunately, bugs love to eat me- which surprises me, since my daily diet involves peppers, garlic and spices.  I swear, I could be walking along wearing long pants and a turtleneck in a group of naked people and the mosquitos would attack my face, hands and feet! We know that plants need certain insects for pollination. On the other hand, some insects can harm the plant. Some plants are better than others at creating their own natural bug repellents. Like Citronella  (Cymbopogon winterianus), which has a very distinctive, bright […]
July 4, 2015

Terrific Turmeric

Last week we learned that Turmeric is one of the top four amazing anti-inflammatory spices and herbs, along with rosemary, ginger and cloves. Turmeric in Latin is ‘Curcuma longa’; in Sanskrit ‘Haridra’ and in Chinese medicine ‘Yu jin.’ With history of usage dating back to 250 BC, this golden-yellow tropical root vegetable of the ginger family is still as popular and important in modern society. Turmeric is known for giving that earthy, warm, peppery and bitter flavor found in South Asian cooking in dishes such as curries. It is also known as Indian saffron and is used to substitute the costly saffron that goes for over $360.00 per ounce! You know it’s something special when it’s used all over the […]
June 29, 2015
Tumeric Anti-Inflammatory


I recently had a friend in my shop tell me about her painfully inflamed knee. Doctors told her she would need surgery and would need to stay off of the leg ASAP, which was not an option for this active outdoor-loving lady who enjoyed running and hiking. Chronic inflammation means bad health. Your body is equipped with a powerful defense mechanism known as the inflammatory process. The inflammatory process appears whenever you have an injury or a disease and it helps take care of the problem. However, the inflammatory process can go nuts and operate even when it should not. This is known as chronic inflammation and it can cause or contribute to many serious and chronic diseases, including diabetes, […]
June 24, 2015
Allergy Relief

Allergy Relief

Millions of people worldwide suffer from allergies. An allergy is an overreaction of one’s immune system to certain substances such as dust, pollen, animal hair, synthetic materials or foods. Allergic reactions can make you feel miserable and ruin your day. They cause all sorts of inflammatory reactions such as itchy rashes, dry patches, headaches, puffy or watery eyes, runny nose or digestive issues. Some allergies are severe and require the attention of health care professionals. For milder cases, though, home remedies may provide all the relief you need, with relatively little expense or hassle. Even people with bad allergies who need medication may find these at-home tips helpful for easing symptoms. Neti pots are fast becoming a mainstream remedy for […]